Puu O Hulu

MODERATE 311 reviews

Puu O Hulu is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

bugs

rocky

scramble

This is one of the shortest hikes on Oahu. For many the drive out to this location will take longer than the hike up to the top of Puu O Hulu. Be prepared for a hot and dry climb to a set of bunkers with some of the best views of Nanakuli and Waianae. Puu O Hulu is a small ridge that is situated on the ocean side between Nanakuli and Ma'ili. It is clearly distinguishable from its double back that makes it look like a camel's hump with a water tank lodged in the middle. This split between the ocean side (kai) versus the inland side (uka) makes for an interesting hike albeit an very open exposed ridge hike. It can get narrow in certain spots with drop offs to the left and right; though nothing dangerous. There are a number of bunkers at the top with the most spectacular pillbox painted a hot pink(!) Take your time to enjoy the 360 degree views. On a clear day you can see all the way to Kaena Point in the west, Mount Kaala in the North and Kapolei/Campbell Industrial Park in the south.

hiking
1 hour ago

Short and easy with a great view at the top! It's currently fairly overgrown in a lot of areas, but the trail is still very well defined, so there are no issues in finding your way. You might be rubbing against tall grass and brush though since the trail tends to be narrow almost the entire way up.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked on 4/18 to stretch our legs during vacation. Temp was perfect at 8:30a. Tall grass on the shoulder of the well marked path. We both wore shorts and had no issues. Took approx 25 mins to get up and 20 down. Perfect place to share a lunch or a beverage. Recommended for anyone who brought trail shoes. Mahalo.

hiking
7 days ago

Short, steady incline hike. The views and photo ops are great!

hiking
7 days ago

Love the views, enjoyed the Leeward side away from some consistent rains recently elsewhere.

A good portion of the trail is fairly overgrown, so pants may be in order if the tall grass troubles you.

Solid moderate as it presents a steady incline and some bouldering needed around the pillboxes.

hiking
8 days ago

Not a difficult hike considering the elevation change. The switchback routing keeps the grade pretty manageable. I would rate this on the difficult end of EASY. Narrow paths with steep drops likely are what make this trail rate Moderate.

My 7 year old daughter and 11 year old son made the hike with no problem and little complaint.

We took about an hour going up and 30 minutes back down.

Consider wearing pants if you have any grass allergies.

hiking
8 days ago

Love the views, enjoyed the Leeward side away from some consistent rains recently elsewhere.

A good portion of the trail is fairly overgrown, so pants may be in order if tall grass troubles you.

Solid moderate as it presents a steady incline and some bouldering needed around the pillboxes.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy hike with a great view!

17 days ago

Real nice Hike. Pretty easy and chill under 30 degrees. Amazing view with plenty of opportunities to take some great shots

hiking
18 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful views of the Waianae Coast. Kid friendly, but watch them closely as there are some narrow spots, especially if you go past the last pillbox.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike today with my infant on my back in a backpack and my 4 year old. my wife and mother in law also made the trek. my gps had the distance of this hike at 1.2 miles so not sure about the 1.9 listed on this, maybe the trail went further but I thought I hit the top/last pillbox. very nice views, very close to the edge of the cliff, keeps your kids in arms reach.

One of my favorite. It’s a moderate hike but you can take the kiddos. Make sure you bring water with you and your camera ready to take spectacular pics!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike and spectacular view!!!

1 month ago

Forgot to start all trails on this hike but it was fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Really fun trail. Not too long, but steep in places. The views of the valley and shoreline from the top are worth it. The bunkers along the ridge line provide a neat link to the WWII history of the island.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome bunker trail! Short but steep. Saw a lot of kids on the trail. Simply amazing views from the bunkers and summit. Glad to have found this gem!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike
Great view

1 month ago

It was great hike at the top watched whales breaching.

1 month ago

Not too hard for a spur of the moment hike, and views are awesome!

hiking
2 months ago

I just did this hike today. It rained quite heavily two days ago and the trail was really slippery heading down. I have done many trails rated “hard” in this app and even though this trail is listed as moderate, given the conditions I think it would fall into the hard category. When dry, the trail would be much easier. Spectacular view from the summit. It’s basically light rock climbing all the way up.

hiking
2 months ago

Great sunset hike, we were almost running to the top. It takes just 20mins.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views!

2 months ago

Decent hike, good enough to get the heart rate going, the views however , are just spectacular.

2 months ago

Great view!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy semi steep trail. Go on a weekday, less crowded.

2 months ago

Steep, but the breeze once you make it to the top & step in a bunker is amazing

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail..... I went up with my kids. Felt a little
Exposed with them at the top...... Great short hike with lots of view, and a touch of Hawaii Military history.

3 months ago

Definitely a crowded trail, but the views are worth it. Steep in the beginning but overall a pretty easy hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Went on. Saturday so it was busy. Hard to get pictures as people were laying around on the bunkers so they were always in your shots, locals I assume as they had dogs The hike was good. A few areas near the top that were narrow and not for the faint of heart.

hiking
3 months ago

Great moderate hike with fantastic pay off views at the top! Took family this past week and we seen whales from the first bunker box! Fun trail with moderate incline.

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